* Posts by John Taylor 1

10 posts • joined 11 Jul 2009

Google Chrome OS - do we want another monoculture?

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good...i think...

hmmm ok i think I like google chrome os idea....if its associated with a nice cheap little device say < £100 then id buy it no problem...

It's just enough operating system to run a browser, a display screen and a wireless network card and thats it really, i can live with that if it's a gadget...hell my dear old mum could live with that easily...

I could see these devices selling if the are nice cheap little netbooks (< £100) for just surfing the net...sure its not a full blown os but it's running a device thats meant for a single purpose, google chrome os devices surf the net, a cd player plays cd's...

devices based around google chrome os are not meant to be multipurpose devices that can write cd's, print etc...

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Fat Reg slims down for spanking new mobile phone version

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browser sniffing...

...is a bad idea ;)

your new mobile site is excellent however and I like it, will probably use it from now on on my HTC magic, although i've had no problems with the full fat version on my phone i prefer the mobile site as it stops me zooming all over the place...

once again...don't do the browser sniffing...it annoys the crap out of me...(how difficult is it to put an m. in the address bar anyways)

good work :)

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Google spins YouTube into future profit machine

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Nice...

That was a square on smack in the jaw to an ignorant ijiot ;) Think Buzz should get an honorary medal for that one, maybe a framed picture of the incident ;)

The guy was in his face and generally being an prize pr*ck so he deserved it...in the words of one of the presenters on that clip 'sometimes you just gotta pop em one' :)

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Apple ends Palm Pre's iTunes charade

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@Adam T

Believe me I'm not defending Palm's stupidity for relying on Apple continuing to provide a service for there phone. It was insane for Palm to advertise iTunes compatibility for the Palm Pre when they knew that Apple is actively hostile to any activities taking place in its playpen (they should have relied on another service which was more open).

That being said.

There was no technical reason for Apple doing what they did, it was simply at its most basic, spite.

As a budding third party developer, while I like some of Apples products I would not commit a development budget to developing for them due to general attitudes such as this. This incident is yet further justification for that stance.

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well...

...that's another reason for me not to use Apple products...

I don't have a Palm Pre (have one of there old Tungsten's though) but I can safely say that iTunes would not be the main reason for me buying one if I did.

Palm were naive to think that Apple (given plenty examples in the past) would ever consider cooperating with them.

Apple have given me yet another reason not to develop, use or recommend there products or services..

In summary:

Apple = Fail, Palm = Fail.

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Government defeats Tories in 'McKinnon' extradition vote

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what a...

woeful bunch of incompetent arses...

I actually think we would be better just kicking the whole bunch of them out of parliament and locking the door.

f*ckwits.

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World's oldest mum pops clogs

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oh dear

not a good situation...unfortunately I agree with most of the sentiments here regarding the age at which this woman decided to have kids.

While this technology should be used to aid someone who has prematurely lost the ability to have children (as a result of an illness for example), it is clear that it should not be used to aid a woman in her sixties to have kids due to the easily foreseen situation that this would have on her kids.

(sure younger people who have kids can get run down by the proverbial bus, or even be taken away off planet by a team of aliens, but lets face it, this situation was easily foreseen by anyone who participated in this procedure)

Having a child (and in this case children) in your sixties is simply idiotic and results in what can only be a tragic situation for the children concerned.

It's a tragic situation for all involved.

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Kent Police clamp down on tall photographers

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WTF?

wtf

This is getting stupid, being of a law abiding sort I normally respect police officers and all members of our justice system in general, but its incidents like this that make me reevaluate my natural inclinations of respect when they can harass photographers going about there normal business.

Oh and I'm 6'5'' and armed with a camera phone, which even takes video...I must be on a watch list somewhere....

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McKinnon faces final appeal against extradition

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WTF?

If he needs to be put on trial...

He should be put on trial here under the British court system instead of the US courts and as far as I know we still have our own laws and our own justice system.

Whoever signed that retarded extradition treaty with the United State's should be ashamed of themselves (I would use stronger terms but as this is a public form...)

Notice I am not saying that he should not be tried, but he should be tried under British law as he is a British citizen.

(whoever was responsible for security of those servers should have his ass fired however)

Last time I looked up from my keyboard I believed we still had not become the 51st state (hard to believe I know).

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Orange UK exiles Firefox from call centres

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intranet and internet

The main problem is that there is two environments and both (wither we like it or not) have completely different requirements:

intranet: line of business applications, fixed cost, upgraded once every 3-4 years (if that) with maintenance releases about every other month. The client (however hard I try) will not pay for cross browser support, or pay to trace down a bug in firefox, opera or safari as it is not there operating environment....even ie8...the fact is its v tough to sell cross browser support to a customer with his eye on the bottom line figures and who has no focus on technology.

The internet: way easier to sell cross browser support as latest greatest tech is used in the wild, the customer has no option..its not an only ie universe out there...but still find it hard to sell firefox, opera and safari/chrome support...but i avoid developing ie only products for this...and i find it easier to dig my heals in.

I use fedora 11 and firefox at home (debian lenny and iceweasel on my netbook) but mozilla, google and opera really need to start pushing themselves into the intranet space...i cant sell there products into that space for them...no profit in doing that...i just get looked at for being unrealistic and not focusing on the 'needs of the customer' (a line that has been used to justify untold sin and folly) :)

anyways thats my perspective on why ie6 isnt dead yet (oh how i wish it was dead) and why companies now are crapping themselves about the eventual death of ie6 no matter how hard they hang onto it...

also

Im a developer and yes im guilty of writing ie6 websites for intranet apps, im now starting to find it easier to sell the idea that they should now target ie8 aswell as ie6 as it is slowly 'going to be replaced with service packs and security updates'...

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